ESVS Aortic Fellowship Programme

 

A carefully balanced, unbiased, two-year ESVS educational programme of multiple aortic workshops at basic or advanced level, for all vascular surgeons.

The Programme:

The first Fellowship Programme begins in October 2024 and runs until September 2026 and is aimed at vascular trainees and vascular surgeons, to improve their knowledge and skills in aortic surgery.

 

  • Registration to 7 of the Academy’s face-to-face workshops, including priority registration.
  • Registration to 6-8 online workshops.
  • Support in securing a high-volume aortic centre for your two-week placement. A pre-approved list will be provided.
  • ESVS certificate of attendance, acknowledging you took part in an exhaustive and recognised educational programme in aortic vascular surgery.
  • Final interview with the ESVS Fellowship Programme Lead.
  • Regular informal drop-ins with aortic KOLs and other Fellows.

How much does it cost?

 

The Fellowship Programme costs EUR 10,500 and Fellows have the option to fund themselves or apply for the ESVS Fellowship Grant, through a competitive application process. Travel to and accommodation at the workshop locations, is not covered by ESVS. Those lucky enough to win a grant, may also receive a subsistence grant to the value of EUR 3,500 to put towards travel and accommodation for attending the face-to-face workshops. The number of grants to be given is at the discretion of ESVS. 

Whilst the Programme and the grants do benefit from sponsorship funding, the Programme is proud to abide by the conditions of EACCME in providing unbiased educational opportunities. Each workshop will seek CME accreditation. 

 

Who is the Fellowship aimed at?

 

The Grant funding is open to all vascular surgeons who are members of the Society (except the “medical student” category), from trainees to experienced vascular surgeons willing to improve their skills in aortic surgery. Self-funded applicants do not need to be a member. 

 

Programme Objectives:

Improving vascular health for the public benefit via a European academic and professional development opportunity in the field of aortic surgery, based on eligibility requirements and free from industry influence.

Training through multiple workshops, covering the treatment of aortic diseases in a balanced, detailed and focused offer.

Delivering comprehensive professional development options for every level of expertise.

 

 

Providing basic, moderate and advanced levels of workshop that are compiled in a basic and advanced Fellowship Programme.

Focusing in on practical skills, techniques and knowledge in treating aortic diseases. This ranges from diagnostic imaging to basic vascular and endovascular skills towards moderate and advanced skills, when performing complex aortic procedures (open and endo) in a hi-tech environment.

Facilitating learning through different educational formats – cadaver and wet lab dissection, hands-on models and simulators, case-based discussions, technical lectures and other interactive formats.

 

Workshop Programme Design:

Registration to 7 of the Academy’s face-to-face workshops, including priority registration.
Registration to 6-8 online workshops

The workshops include face-to-face and online workshops, at different levels of expertise. Fellows will attend the workshops alongside non-Fellows and the exact dates will be announced here

Fellows select the level of Fellowship they want to take when they apply, according to the combination of face-to-face workshops shown in the table. 

The online programme is designed to incorporate all relevant KOL sessions and meetings and can be viewed here. All online sessions are to be decided with the Fellowship Lead – no need to choose.

 

 

Fellowship Programme Level Face-to-face workshops
Basic aortic fellowship

4 basic workshops

+ 3 moderate workshops or

2 moderate and 1 advanced

Advanced aortic fellowship

1 basic course

+ 3 moderate workshops

+ 3 advanced workshops

 

You can find more information about the individual workshops here

 

 

ESVS Academy is offering different face-to-face “hands on” and online workshops in the aortic field. Workshops are designed to cover most of the aortic topics that the modern, contemporary, vascular team is facing. It starts with basic techniques of the creation of aortic anastomosis and access to thoracic and abdominal aorta offered in the workshops on cadaveric and pig models. Repair of the basic infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm, both endovascular and open, are delivered, in a hands-on model (for open) and in simulator (endo) workshops. These workshops provide extensive and detailed knowledge around performing open and endovascular aneurysm repair. Detailed assessment of participants by experienced convenors is an obligatory part of the workshop, where progression is monitored and discussed during the workshop, until completion of the repair, when an acceptable score above a predetermined threshold is achieved. Aortic trauma, dissection and thoracic aneurysm are covered in a dedicated workshop that includes technical lectures, a planning and sizing section and performing procedures on a plastic model.

 Techniques of challenging open repair, abdominal and thoracoabdominal aneurysm, are provided in hands-on model workshops where different techniques of renal and visceral revascularizations are discussed in case-based discussion and performed in the plastic and/or cadaver model. Complex endovascular aortic repair starts with the treatment of hostile neck and iliac aneurysms and continues in the workshops dedicated to fenestrated and branched repair of thoracoabdominal aneurysm, as well as repair of the aortic arch with physician modified grafts. Training in such complex procedures is provided through technical lectures about procedural steps and demonstrated on plastic models, simulators and through video presentations. A ruptured aneurysm as one of the most challenging vascular conditions, is covered by dedicated workshops on cadavers, plastic models and with case-based discussion. Finally, problems such as graft infection, performing a “neo aortoiliac system”, graft explanation and repair of aortoenteric fistulas, are covered in separate workshops

Imaging techniques and skills in aortic procedures (the interpretation of computed tomography imaging; performing and interpreting IVUS; using image fusion technology; as all as fiberoptic real shape (FORS) tehcnology) are crucial for diagnosis, planning and performing all procedures and are included in a dedicated workshop but also will be included in some of the workshops where needed, or will be delivered in online workshops. 

This Fellowship Programme does not include ultrasound techniques. However, ESVS is offering very useful workshops in ultrasound, combined with a certification examination, each year at the ESVS Annual Meeting – the CCVUS. You can find out more here.

 

How does the placement work?

 

  • Support in securing a high-volume aortic centre for your two-week placement. A pre-approved list is available.

 

  • ESVS will provide you with a detailed list of pre-approved and reputable aortic centres, including their main characteristics and the ESVS contact person. These are the currently approved centres.
  • Participants choose a centre and independently secure and organize their visit, including accommodation and travel
  • The Fellowship does not include travel and accommodation costs for self-funded applicants. An additional grant is available for those who received the Fellowship Grant. 

What can I expect from the KOL sessions?

 

  • Regular informal drop-ins with aortic KOLs and other Fellows for case discussions and other issues.
 

  • ESVS will organise regular informal sessions with KOLs and guest speakers, with the Fellowship Lead present at each session (case discussions, feedback from both sides etc.)
  • The goal is to informally review progress, touch base and to facilitate a virtual community between Fellows.

How can I apply?

Grant application

Terms and Conditions – May 2024

Submissions for grant applications open in May 2024 and will close on 1st July 2024. The Fellowship team will review and score the applications and interviews may also be held. Outcomes will be communication by the end of July.

Please be aware that the draft programme may change and for this reason, the final choices of workshops are decided, in agreement with the Fellowship Lead, at the same time as the outcome of the application is given.

Requirements: 

1. Active ESVS membership for the two years. 

2. A motivation letter with face-to-face workshop choices.

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. An agreement from your Head of Department that includes: a short description of the aortic surgery in the Department, number of surgeons performing aortic surgery, annual number of aortic procedures (aneurysm, dissection, trauma) and open:endo ratio; a list of operations you have performed in the past 5 years; your level of involvement; and their approval for you to participate in the Programme for two years – in seven face-to-face workshops, in the online workshops and for two weeks placement in another hospital.

Selection criteria:

Grants will be assessed by the Aortic Fellowship team, according to the criteria below.

  • The ESVS values of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • The maturity level of aortic surgery in your centre 
    • priority given to institutions in which aortic surgery is performed, institutions where both open and endovascular surgery is performed, and institutions where the number of aortic surgeries is relatively moderate (between 50 – 200 aortic surgeries annually). Additionally, institutions where the number of aortic surgeries per surgeon is between 10 and 30 will receive the most points.  
  • The number of aortic procedures performed or assisted
    • Basic Programme: the fewer the better 
    • Advanced Programme: the more the better.
  • Career stage
    • Basic Programme: the further away you are from completing training (either side), the fewer points you receive.
  • Number of aortic-focused scientific papers and international congress presentations (published papers or presented abstracts in the field of aortic surgery/pathology)
  • Geographic location of your place of work

 

 

Self-funded application

Terms and Conditions – May 2024

Self-funded applications are reviewed by the Fellowship team on a first-come-first-served basis for those funding themselves or sourcing funds through a third party. 

Applications open in May 2024 and will close on 1st July 2024. The Fellowship Team will review your application and based on your previous experience, will advise whether they agree with the level chosen. Their recommendation must be adhered to. A decision will be given as soon as possible after the application has been submitted. Payment will be requested at that point. 

Please be aware that the draft programme may change and for this reason, the final choices of workshops are decided, in agreement with the Fellowship Lead, at the same time as the outcome of the application is given.

Requirements: 

1. A motivation letter with face-to-face workshop choices.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. An agreement from your Head of Department that includes a list of operations you have performed in the past 5 years and your level of involvement as well as their approval for you to participate in the Programme for two years – in seven face-to-face workshops, in the online workshops and for two weeks placement in another hospital.

 

The Fellowship Team:

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